So, for all of us squeezed into the same or a similar boat, I’ll wish you a mitigated Happy New Year! Those on the Julian, the Jewish, and the Chinese calendar are an unknown country to me. Regardless, good luck, prosper, and have as much fun as you can!
Here at World Headquarters it’s a lean time. Not that there aren’t dozens of small intellectual brush-fires that need stomping out. I’m talking about the dearth of time off work for the celebration of important people or events. As many of you know, for Christians and those whose cultural background is primarily Christian [like mine, even though I’m a devout atheist], the lead-up to the [Gregorian] year’s end is a time of plenty, when it comes to days for which one is paid, but for which one does no actual work for one’s employer. After the new year, in America there’s one day off in each of January and February, then nothing until May. It’s even worse in Canada, where Easter is the first holiday of the year. I’ve been out of circulation for a bit, so I might be off by a day here or there. But, compared to the last couple of months each year, the post-new year holiday picture sucks.